What does God think about us expressing our feelings, doubts, and questions to him? - Wrestling With God - TouchPoints

What does God think about us expressing our feelings, doubts, and questions to him?

The Bible records many people questioning God, speaking their deepest feelings and most troubling questions: Abraham, Job, David, and Habakkuk to name a few. In every case, God did not rebuke them for this—even when their thinking was way off.

Jeremiah 29:12–14aIn those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD.

God promises his people that he will listen when they talk with him and that they will find him when they seek him.

Matthew 7:7–8 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Jesus tells us to be persistent in our asking and seeking him and his answers. He promises to listen.

Philippians 4:6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

1 Peter 5:7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Because God loves and cares for us, he wants us to bring all our concerns, questions, and needs to him. We can talk with him about anything.

James 1:5–6If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

Our greatest need is “wisdom,” especially when we doubt or wonder what way to go, decision to make, or how to live. God says we should simply “ask.” But our asking should be in faith; that is, we should trust in him alone for the answers. It’s not God-plus, just God.

Psalm 139:1–4O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.

God knows everything about us, even all our thoughts, including doubts. So he is never caught by surprise when we ask or question him. We can, and should, tell him everything, to remove any barriers that we may have erected between us and our loving Father.